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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines

Authors for each chapter will have flexibility in whether they would like to engage with co- authors, the title of their chapter, and the contents of the chapter. But we would recommend the authors to consider the following while working on their chapters.

Introduction and Context

This section will introduce the topic and the purpose of the chapter and provide contextual information on the scale and scope of the issues. It will include a discussion of the history of the topic and will place the topic in the broader educational or social context.

Literature, Research, and Evidence

An overview of the literature, including literature about the theories used to study the topic, will be provided, and will include a discussion of key findings, limitations, and gaps. Specific attention will be paid to how the topic can effectively promote postsecondary student success while eliminating gaps in student success for students of different backgrounds.

Applications and Recommendations

This section will discuss practical applications: the effective policies, programs, and practices that promote student success and equity. Whenever applicable, an examination of the roles of the federal government, state, institution, and other applicable parties to address the issues in student success and equity would be desirable. It can also include recommendations for possible innovations, solutions, or actions to address issues in student success and equity.


This section will provide a summary of the chapter and highlight what we have learned and what’s next for the related topics in the chapter.

The Handbook will include 40 chapters and be divided into six sections as described below. Each chapter will average 25 double-spaced pages, with some flexibility on length depending on the topic.

Section I: Landscape of Postsecondary Student Success

This section will examine the landscape of postsecondary student success. Topics covered will include the evolution of the student success movement and the future of student success.

Section II: Multiple Dimensions in Student Success

This section will examine the factors related to different outcomes for college students. The outcomes of interest include the cognitive, affective, psychological, and behavioral domains (Astin, 1993).

Section III: Success for Diverse Student Populations

This section will examine how students in different populations are affected by college. Topics covered will include success of students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Section IV: Success for Students in Different Contexts

This section will examine how students in different institutional contexts are affected by college. It will cover the impact of college based on the place where the student attended college.

Section V: Salient Issues in Student Success

This section will examine salient issues in postsecondary student success. Topics covered will include digital learning, basic needs, and social media and some emerging topics such as combined interventions and student success infrastructure.

Section VI: Methodological Considerations for the Study of Student Success

This section will cover measures, data, and research methods used in the study of student success. Chapters will also focus on business intelligence and analytics as well as developing an evidence base.

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